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The Library of Congress has made available a set of audio interviews that retired music executive Joe Smith conducted with more than 200 singers and musicians.

You can listen to Smith's interviews with Tony Bennett, Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, and Dave Brubeck (who died today at age 91), to name just a few.

From the Library of Congress' web page about the Joe Smith Collection at the Library of Congress:

More than 25 years ago, retired music executive Joe Smith accomplished a Herculean feat—he got more than 200 celebrated singers, musicians and industry icons to talk about their lives, music, experiences and contemporaries. In 2012 Smith donated this treasure trove of unedited sound recordings to the nation’s library.

The Joe Smith Collection contains over 225 recordings of noted artists and executives and is a veritable who’s who in the music industry. They include Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Little Richard, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Elton John, Paul Simon, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Sting, Tony Bennett, Joan Baez, James Taylor, Dick Clark, Tina Turner, Tom Jones, B.B. King, Quincy Jones, David Geffen, Mickey Hart, Harry Belafonte and many others. All types of popular music are represented—from rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, rhythm & blues and pop to big-band, heavy metal, folk and country-western.


The Department of History presents “Kennedy, Khrushchev: 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis,” a talk by Barton J. Bernstein, Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford University. The event takes place today, Friday, November 9, at 7:00 pm in the Lane History Corner, room 205.

Check SearchWorks for material about the Cuban Missile Crisis available in the libraries.



The Lane Medical Library is presenting the Open Everything Series, with three events over the course of the next week:

1. Trends and Emerging Issues Relating to Open Access, Open Data with Lauren Schoenthaler, Senior University Counsel, Stanford University
November 6
Tuesday, 2- 3:30 pm, LK102

2. Stanford Digital Repository with Mimi Calter, Assistant University Librarian & Chief of Staff
November 8
Thursday, 3-4:30 pm, LK102
3. Learning in the Wild: What Open Learning Could Mean for Teachingwith Amy Collier, Director for Technology and Teaching, Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning
November 14
Wednesday, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, LK102

From the Open Knowledge web page:
At Stanford's Lane Medical Library & Knowledge Management Center our mission is to enable biomedical discovery by connecting people with knowledge.
As part of this mission, we advocate for open access to all forms of knowledge. The global Open Access movement has vastly increased access to journal articles, data sets, and other knowledge media. Yet, many of these valued scholarly resources are only available to those who pay for access.
Join us and our OPEN EVERYTHING speakers as we explore the future possibilities of shared scholarship. academic passes (488 per day): enjoy full, complimentary access to on any device for 24 hours, using your Stanford email. To get started, go to:

The Hume Writing Center now has satellite drop-in tutoring hours in the lobby of Green Library's East Wing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

From the Hume Writing Center's web page: "Drop-in writing consultants are undergraduates who have been trained to help students at any stage of the writing process and can work with any piece of writing, from a Thinking Matters or PWR essay to a grant proposal or cover letter."

China's Mo Yan, "who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary," is the recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature. You can read about the novelist and his work in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Guardian.

Take a look at SearchWorks for titles by Mo Yan available here in the libraries.

The Information Center desk is now open on Saturday afternoons to help you with your research. Come by with questions between 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm both Saturdays and Sundays!